Police: Missing Woman May Be Sex Trafficking Victim (Photos)

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The disappearance of a Pennsylvania woman is being investigated as a possible sex trafficking case, police said.

Corinna Slusser, 19, has not been seen since Sept. 20, when she left the Haven Motel in Queens, New York, People reports. Slusser's family had reported her missing a week earlier after she did not arrive at her grandfather's funeral in Florida.

According to friends, Slusser also hadn't been heard from on social media since September. Her last known post was an Instagram photo on Sept. 10, which was posted from the Bronx in New York.

It's unclear where Slusser had been living in Pennsylvania, or when she arrived in New York -- according to friends, the 19-year-old moved in late summer.

"She was so excited about New York," said friend Kayleigh LeVan, who added that she had invited friends to visit her apartment and shared photos of her life in the city. "She was excited about having her own place."

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Slusser had previously sought an order of protection against a 32-year-old man who had assaulted her, according to the New York Daily News. A copy of the order was mailed to Slusser's mother's home in Pennsylvania.

"This letter of protection was granted against somebody she was living with," said a relative. "It went to her mom's house. We didn't know what to think."

The letter ordered the man to not have contact with Slusser, after he was reportedly arrested for beating and choking her at a hotel in Harlem on Aug. 25.

"The letter said she was beaten and strangled, but [Corinna] told her mom that she was making a big deal out of nothing," added the relative.

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According to court papers, the man stole $300 from Slusser and "slammed her against the wall, making it difficult for [her] to breathe."

The NYPD's Vice Human Trafficking Team is searching for Slusser, but according to police sources, they believe that she may have ended up in the hands of a number of different pimps since her disappearance.

Sabina Tuorto, Slusser's mother, has said she is "scared" for her daughter's safety, reports the New York Post.

"I want her to know that, by no means are we embarrassed of what she's done. We just want her home and safe," said the woman's mom. "We're all hurting and all scared for her and we all hope she's safe and that she returns home where she belongs."

"She's a beautiful girl and she got herself into trouble," added Tuorto. "That doesn't mean she's a failure. This doesn't have to be her life. She's young enough to turn her life around."

"I pray for her. I even pray for her captors. I pray they won't hurt her," said Tuorto. "I pray for them to make sure she's eating. I pray for them to give her up. I pray for them to get heart to not harm her anymore."

"I can't bear any more days like this," wrote the mom on Facebook previously. "I fear the worst, but I pray for the best and her to return home. [I'm] waiting for an angel to hear my prayer."

Slusser has blonde hair and blue eyes, stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 140 pounds. She has a large black flower tattoo in the middle of her chest. Anyone with information regarding Slusser's disappearance is encouraged to contact the NYPD.

Sources: People, New York Daily News, New York Post / Featured Image: Adrian Owen/Flickr / Embedded Images: NYPD via People

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